This is the first entry in the Baba's Teachings -series, featuring discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. Themes covered in this entry:
* What is Gaudiya Vaishnavism? An overview of the position of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition in the world of Hinduism: the paths of karma (action), jnana (knowledge) and bhakti (devotion).
* What is matter, what is spirit? Discovering the difference between the two, understanding the methodology of realization.
* Who is Radha? Explaining the theology of Radha, the original shakti, or potency, of Krishna, the original Godhead.
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I was very pleased to receive a postcard informing me of these videos. Kudos to Archive.org and Madhavananda for making these interesting clips available. These glimpses into the teachings and events of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas will be a great boon for both practitioners, the curious, and scholars.
June 6, 2005 Subject:
An Excellent Start
This is a great start to the "Baba's Teachings" series posted by Madhavananda Das. Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja covers three essential topics in this clip; What seperates Gaudiya Vaishnavism from other 'hindu' paths, What is the difference between matter and spirit, and Who is Radha? (and why is she important to Gaudiya Vaishnavism)
All the questions are answered by a leading exponent of traditional Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
Film quality, especially at the higher resolutions is excellent. Sound is as to be expected for field recordings in India. There is a bit of background noise, but it does not block out Babaji Maharaja's speaking.